Kevin Clash, formerly the voice of Elmo, has been sued by a man who claims that the longtime Sesame Street puppeteer lured him to crystal meth sex parties as a minor, TMZ reports.
The alleged victim, Sheldon Stephens, says he was 16-years-old when he first met Clash at a social networking function for actors. Stephens claims that they began a sexual relationship soon after.
On one occasion, Stephens alleges that Clash lured him to his New York apartment via a chauffeured limousine. While there, Stephens claims Clash smoked meth; he also claims that Clash gave him poppers to enhance the sexual experience.
What is perhaps most disturbing of the allegations is the part where Stephens claims the chauffeur masturbated while he and Clash had sex. When Stephens first accused Clash of abusing him when he was a minor, the two parties came to a settlement. But Stephens disavowed it because it included a provision requiring him to say that he made the allegations up.
The settlement money was never paid, thus Stephens’ lawsuit.
Clash resigned from Sesame Street after several other men claiming child abuse surfaced. At last count, three adults have come forward to claim that Clash sexually abused them as children.
March 19, 2013